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New Campaign Aims to Reduce Alabama Car Accident Totals

by Staff Blogger | August 25th, 2015

There are many factors that can cause a car accident to occur, and many are preventable—such as driving under the influence and being distracted while behind the wheel.

The Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain these driving behaviors can become more prevalent around certain holidays, including Labor Day weekend. That’s why law enforcement will be ramping up their efforts to promote safety across the state.

According to WHNT 19 News, the “Hands Across The Border” campaign will partner Tennessee and Alabama law enforcement agencies in high visibility patrols. Troopers and officers will be watching for drivers who are speeding, not using their seat belts, and who are operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign launched on Aug. 21 and will continue through Labor Day weekend, which ends on Sept. 7.

Officials say it’s important that law enforcement continue to work to improve highway safety, and there have been an additional 1,500 crashes reported compared to last year.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the devastating results unsafe driving can have on numerous lives. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful the new campaign helps remind drivers to stay safe behind the wheel.

Many Alabama Car Accident Fatalities Caused by Not Using Seatbelts

by Staff Blogger | February 24th, 2015

Studies have shown a majority of Alabama’s citizens consider highway safety to be a top priority. But data indicates that many drivers and passengers who have perished in Alabama car accidents failed to properly restrain themselves with seatbelts prior to the crash.

According to al.com, there were a total of 255 deaths on Alabama highways where lack of seatbelt use was considered to be a contributing factor in the victim’s death in 2014—more than 60 percent of all the Alabama highway fatalities that year.

These numbers seem consistent with what we are seeing this year. Troopers say that an estimated 79 percent of Alabama’s highway deaths have listed failure to use a seatbelt as a contributing factor.

The state is working to reduce the number of roadway deaths through the “Drive Safe Alabama” program, which focuses on educating drivers of all ages about the dangers and risks they face on the road.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know how dangerous riding in a vehicle without using seatbelts can be. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers encourage you to be a role model to others by buckling up every time you drive.

Tips for Avoiding Alabama Car Accidents This Holiday Season

by Staff Blogger | December 23rd, 2014

Christmas is this week. And while it’s a day for celebrating, many will be traveling to visit friends and family. This increase in traffic volume around the holidays leads to an increase in Alabama car accidents.

Reports indicate researchers from the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety crunched accident numbers collected over the last ten years using a piece of technology known as Critical Analysis Reporting Environment—or CARE. They found Alabama car accident totals were 18 percent higher at Christmas than the total number of crashes recorded during Thanksgiving. Furthermore, accident totals around Christmas were as much as 27 percent greater than the New Year’s Day accident count.

These numbers may leave you wondering what you can do to stay safe on Alabama’s roads and highways this holiday season. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest:

  • Avoiding Alcohol if You’re Driving– If you’ve consumed alcohol or any other substance that could impair judgment, use a cab or designated driver to get home safely.
  • Being Prepared– Know the traffic and road conditions along the route you plan to travel. Also, be sure and pack emergency supplies, such as food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone.
  • Obeying The Law- Eliminate distractions prior to driving, obey the speed limit and traffic signs, and buckle up.

We are hopeful these tips help you and your loved ones to have happy and safe travels during the holiday season!

2 Ways Alabama Is Working To Reduce Car Accident Numbers This Summer

by Staff Blogger | June 3rd, 2014

Summer has found its way to Alabama. For many, that means working outside or going on vacation. Unfortunately, each year both of these activities lead to citizens being seriously injured in an Alabama car accident.

To address these risks, the state is taking part in several safety campaigns that are aimed at raising public awareness about the risks motor vehicle collisions can pose. One of the programs Alabama is endorsing is the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign, in which law enforcement focuses on catching motorists who are operating a motor vehicle without being properly restrained. According to an article from Gulf Coast News Today, the campaign has been linked to a rise in seat belt usage in the state over recent years.

Some Alabamans are also calling for motorists to focus on the road when driving through construction zones because of the large number of injuries and fatalities associated with accidents that occur in these areas. In fact, reports show that last year alone, the state saw 18 fatalities and approximately 700 injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents in construction zones.

While one campaign sends a message of buckling up, the latter calls for drivers to be more aware of their surroundings in construction zones where an obstacle can pop up in a split second.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our team of Birmingham personal injury attorneys recognizes the risks that can be associated with traveling on the highway during summertime. That’s why we ask that you stay safe by buckling up, slowing down, and keeping your eyes on the road.

Plea Agreement Reached in Fatal Alabama Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 26th, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013

A plea agreement has been reached with a man accused of causing an Alabama Car Accident that left one woman dead and seriously injured several other motorists. According to an article from Al.com, the Chickasaw, Alabama, man had murder charges reduced to a single count of manslaughter and assault in exchange for a guilty plea.

Court documents show that on the evening of Nov. 28, 2010, the man pulled out of the parking lot of a sports club in Mount Vernon and began driving down Old Highway 43. The man’s vehicle then crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided nearly head-on with another vehicle, killing its driver. The man’s car then struck a parked vehicle, injuring an occupant in each of the vehicles involved.

The man responsible for causing the accident had a blood sample taken at the hospital to determine if he was under the influence at the time of the crash. However, twelve hours passed between the accident and the drawing of the blood sample. The test came back negative.

A sentencing date was set for later this month and the man is expected to face between 2 and 20 years in prison for his crimes.

The Alabama Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful the agreement reached in the case will help bring a sense of closure to the friends, families, and victims touched by this horrific event.

Jury Awards Car Crash Victim’s Family $13 Million

by Staff Blogger | December 18th, 2012

Dec. 18, 2012

The family of an Alabama woman who died in an Alabama car accident caused by a drugged driver recently won a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver responsible for the crash. WTVY 4 News reports that a jury reached a decision to award the family $13 million in damages this Tuesday.

The crash took place in Oct. 2009 at the corner of Willowbrook Drive and Bailey Cove Road in Huntsville. The 26-year-old woman was on Willowbrook Road approaching the intersection with Bailey Cove. But as she made a turn, a pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old man struck her vehicle. The impact of the accident caused the truck to collide with two other vehicles before coming to rest.

An investigation following the accident determined that the man driving the pickup was under the influence of the prescription narcotic drugs Xanax and Methadone at the time of the accident. He was convicted of criminal offenses related to the accident and is currently serving time for those crimes. The decision in the civil case against him means he will now also be responsible for paying the jury’s award to the family.

The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties associated with losing a loved one in an accident and hope the decision will bring a sense of closure to the family.

Lawsuit Settled Over Fatal Apartment Complex Deck Collapse in Alabama

by nil | August 30th, 2011

August 30, 2011

A lawsuit filed over the collapse of an apartment complex deck in Hoover, Alabama, has been settled out of court, reports The Birmingham News.

Two decks at Waterford Landing apartments collapsed on July 4, 2010, killing a resident who fell three floors to the ground. The man’s roommate and five friends who were visiting the apartment were all injured when they, too, fell three stories. Three of them were seriously injured. Two decks below, which no one was standing on, were crushed by the falling deck.

Three weeks later, another deck on a different Waterford Landing apartment building collapsed, injuring a woman.

“The settlements were fair,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney.

Though the monetary compensation was kept private, the attorney said, “I can tell you that all the plaintiffs were fairly and fully compensated … [Representatives for both the real estate firm and the apartment complex were] sensitive to the needs of the individuals in the case.”

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If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama accident or suffered an Alabama injury, the Alabama accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

New Alabama Law Stiffens Penalties and Fines for Drunk Drivers

by nil | July 12th, 2011

July 12, 2011

A new Alabama law enforces harsher penalties and fines for drivers with especially high Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) levels. The law, originally Senate Bill 67, was signed into effect last month by Governor Robert Bentley. It states that those convicted of aggravated DUI—defined as driving with a BAC of .15 or higher—will face double the fines and prison terms.

The bill was sponsored in the House by Representative Paul DeMarco and in the Senate by Rusty Glover.

“I am sure this law will reduce the number of DUIs in Alabama,” said DeMarco. “It directly affects the most highly intoxicated drivers, who are the ones who cause the most accidents. Hopefully, this will make our highways safer by strengthening the penalties against DUIs.”

The Birmingham News reports that 33 percent of all Alabama traffic deaths in 2009 were attributed to drunken-driving. Of the crashes that involved a fatality, 56 percent of drivers had a BAC of .15 or higher.

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Do you think this new law will help deter drunk driving in Alabama? Do you think it’s fair that your BAC would help determine your punishment for drunk driving?

If you or someone you know has been involved in an Alabama auto accident, the Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers can help.

Alabama auto accident deaths at four-year low

by nil | December 28th, 2007

December 28, 2007

Fatal Alabama auto accidents were at a four-year low with only four days left in the year, according to The Birmingham News. Gov. Bob Riley implored Alabama residents to ride home safely New Year’s Eve with a sober driver to avoid deadly auto accidents.

From the first of the year through Dec. 26, there were 758 Alabama car accident deaths, down 61 from 2006, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Over the New Year’s weekend, checkpoints and extra patrols will be set up in an attempt to keep the number of auto accidents down and ensure the safety of Alabama drivers.

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